In the Air
Art News & Gossip

In the Air – Art+Auction's Gossip Column

Art Dealer Barry Friedman Announces Retirement

Pin It

friedman-retiresArt dealer Barry Friedman, of Barry Friedman Ltd. and Friedman Benda, announced today at a dealers’ luncheon at “Salon: Art + Design,” which opens tonight at the Park Avenue Armory, that after 50 years in the business, he will be retiring.

Friedman entered the art business in the 1960s, and by the ’70s, when interest for Tiffany glass was peaking, he established himself as a leading dealer of Art Nouveau furniture. By the ’80s, he had moved over to photography and teamed up with Edwynn Houk to establish Houk Friedman on the Upper East Side. That gallery closed in 1997. Thereafter, he pursued his interest in collectible art glass and became instrumental in helping raise its image. Since opening Barry Friedman, Ltd. 40 years ago, he has been influential in erasing the boundaries between art and design. Today, Barry Friedman deals in a wide variety of work from ceramic, glass, and furniture to the more traditional fine art disciplines of painting and photography.

“There is an old argument–craft versus art,” Friedman has said. “I don’t get into that anymore. For me, it is contemporary decorative arts.”

Some of the significant shows held at Barry Friedman, Ltd. have included “Michael Eastman: Havana 2010,” “Venice. 3 Visions in Glass: Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira, Laura de Santillana,” “Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2004,” “Fernand Khnopff and the Belgian Avant-garde,” and “Tamara de Lempicka.” He currently represents contemporary artists Ian Ingram, Michael Eastman, Maxim Kantor, and Gottfried Helnwein. He also deals in works on the secondary market by Fernand Leger, Albert Gleizes, and Anna A. Kogan.

In September 2007, Friedman joined forces with Mark Benda, over 30 years his junior, to open Chelsea gallery Friedman Benda, which represents Ron Arad, Ai Weiwei, Paul Cocksedge, and John Chamberlain, among many others.

Barry Friedman could not be reached immediately for comment.

— Rozalia Jovanovic (@Ruschka)

(Photo: Courtesy Porter Hovey on Flickr.)

Tags: , , , ,

Pin It


  1. As internet marketing has grown big, race have started performing several art of war for dilate intelligence about the products and services online. This even frustrates race as they come across frequent advertisements and emails regarding hot deals usa. As soon going to arrive atramentous Friday, race are advertising for their fruits more and more but they must perceive that if they will frustrate race then they will not make any get by payment from that relative online hoard. This will hurt clink through rates which in turn round will hurt conversions.

  2. The Edwynn Houk Gallery is live and well. Although Houk and Freidman un-partnered, the Houk Gallery went back to being the Houk Gallery. It was only Houk Freidman for a few years.

  3. Enhanced Viewing Experience with Panasonic 3D TV Panasonic TV brands have made a mark in the industry of producing the best option for entertainment. If you want the best for your home, you should finalize the deal with this company. In this category, Panasonic smart viera is also a wonderful choice to make. Most of the people today are looking for an awesome television to match their standard of living and their high life styles. Television is no more just regular luxury. Rather, now it has become the symbol of showing high status and unique collections at your home. Even most of the middle class groups find it to be a smart deal to buy a 3D TV instead of just a regular one. And when they end up selecting Panasonic 3D TV, they make the right choice for enhancing their style of watching a television. Panasonic and Its Basics On the bottom front, there are two types of television images created by a 3D TV. One is made for the right eye and the other one is made for the left eye. The advance technology of this kind of TV makes sure that both these images are not seen altogether by both the eyes. This results in the formation of a threedimensional image. The brand, Panasonic, makes exclusive 3D TV images which helps the viewers to catch some awesome pictures and enjoy the effects of their threedimensions. You could also enjoy this experience by stopping at the showroom of Panasonic and taking a trial of watching a fine 3D TV. By watching the wonderful images in such television sets, you are able to figureout the sharp cuts in the height, width and depth of all the characters and scenes shown on a 3D TV. Best Position The best position to adjust your 3D TV is a good and easily viewable center area. When you place your TV at this point, you are able to enjoy the threedimensions of all the scenes in a really wonderful and awesome manner. This ensures that you are able to catch and receive the best angles of each and every scene. So the center angle from where the screen is reflecting images is very cardinal to get the best experience of watching a 3D TV. In this concern, it is important for you to place your Panasonic 3D TV in a wellplaced center location of your room. This would ensure a better effect of watching your dream television. Panasonic and Its Name in the Market Panasonic 3D TV, like Panasonic smart viera, helps to get the best experience for watching awesome screen effects and resolutions. The threedimensional technology of this one helps to view some of the superb angles of an image. You would surely enjoy getting a flavor of 3D into your television watching schedule. On the more, Panasonic is one such brand which ensures to produce and market only high quality products. So this TV also deal ensures that all the customers do get the taste of bringing the best 3D TV in their lives. Explore Best 3d tv with most advance features and functionality that helps you to enjoy better entertainment. 3d TV is a HD TV that everybody likes.

Add a Comment